Top 10 TV Shows of 2017

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 9 months ago

This list is a ranking of the top 10 TV shows in production during 2017 that were most consistently popular with IMDb users. These rankings are not based upon critical assessments or Nielsen ratings, but on pageviews by our combined web and mobile audience of more than 250 million unique monthly visitors. — V. Wesley

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Tom Hardy in Taboo (2017)

10. "Taboo" (FX)

The first collaboration between father-and son-duo Chips and Tom Hardy is also the first of four freshman shows to debut on the Top 10 TV Series of 2017 list. "Taboo" tells the dark story of adventurer James Keziah Delaney’s (Tom Hardy) return to England to claim his late father’s shipping empire and the bloody face-off against the government and the East India Company seeking his inheritance. IMDb users gave the slow-burn series a strong 8.6 rating and landed Hardy back on top of the STARmeter for the first two weeks of the series' release. A second season is slated for 2018.

Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones in The Defenders (2017)

9. "The Defenders" (Netflix)

In a TV landscape full of superhero series, "The Defenders" was the only one to land on the list in 2017. After two years and four standalone series, fans of Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand (Finn Jones) finally got the team-up they had been waiting for as New York’s heroes reluctantly joined forces to save the city once again. "The Defenders" adopted an overall lighter tone than some of the previous Marvel Netflix series. Prickly team dynamics, Jessica Jones' one-liners, and the dynamic fight scenes, which showcased their radically different fighting styles, proved to be the highlights of the series.

Evan Peters in American Horror Story (2011)

8. "American Horror Story" (FX)

Since 2013, Ryan Murphy's anthology series "American Horror Story" has staked an annual claim on the Top 10 TV Series list, and this year is no different. "AHS" Season 7 looked to America's heated political climate for inspiration and steered away from supernatural elements for its "Cult" storyline. Fan favorite Evan Peters, who had a much smaller role in "Roanoke," made up for lost screen time playing Andy Warhol, Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Jim Jones, Jesus, and Charles Manson as well as the blue-haired, clown-cult leader and main antagonist Kai Anderson.

Ricky Whittle in American Gods (2017)

7. "American Gods" (STARZ)

Developed by Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal") and screenwriter Michael Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049), "American Gods" is the third new show to make the list. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, "American Gods" tells the visually stunning and extremely bloody story of the battle for relevancy and power between the Old and New Gods, and an ex-convict named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), who gets caught in the middle of the impending war. With only a third of the novel covered in the first season, "American Gods" was renewed in May. But unfortunately it will proceed without showrunners Fuller and Green, who announced their departure in November.

Katheryn Winnick in Vikings (2013)

6. "Vikings" (History)

History channel’s epic saga "Vikings" only seems to be growing more epic with age, securing a 20-episode Season 6 renewal weeks before Season 5 premiered and landing at six on the list (up from nine in 2016.) "Vikings" wasn’t afraid to shake things up in 2017, introducing a new generation of protagonists in both in Scandinavia and England and with them new rivalries, alliances, and enough intrigue to keep the series feeling new and exciting, while keeping the fans guessing who will be the next to enter the halls of Valhalla.

Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things (2016)

5. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)

"Stranger Things" Season 2 had the burden of incredibly high expectations, more than a year of fan theories, and inevitable comparisons to the critically acclaimed and fan-beloved first season. Thankfully, Season 2 did not disappoint. "Stranger Things 2" premiered with a bang on Oct. 27 and broke the previous record set by "13 Reasons Why" in March to become the second most tweeted TV show of 2017, accumulating more than 3.7 million tweets three days after the premiere. The second season of "Stranger Things" was bigger on many levels, filling the town with new characters, introducing more and bigger baddies, and taking the story beyond the confines of Hawkins. Season 2 also saw the rise of new fan favorite Dacre Montgomery (Hawkins' newest and angriest bad boy Billy Hargrove), who shot straight to the no. 1 spot on STARmeter and has been hovering in the top 10 since the premiere. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Netflix announced in early December that "Stranger Things" would be returning for a third season.

Rick and Morty (2013)

4. "Rick and Morty" (Cartoon Network)

After a 18-month hiatus, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's Adult Swim series "Rick and Morty" kicked off its most watched season to date with a surprise Season 3 premiere on April 1, 2017. IMDb users gave the animated series about super-scientist Rick and his not-so-bright grandson Morty an impressive 9.3 rating and catapulted it into the No. 4 spot for the year. The power of "Rick and Morty" fandom also made news headlines when angry fans protested outside multiple McDonalds franchises after the chain ran out of a one-day reissue of a Szechuan sauce mentioned in the Season 3 premiere ("The Rickshank Rickdemption"). Unfortunately for "Rick and Morty" fans, we might not be seeing the series back on this list for a while: Adult Swim tweeted about Season 4's return date as "in like a really long time."

Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira in The Walking Dead (2010)

3. "The Walking Dead" (AMC)

Despite two years of decreasing viewership and having its lowest-watched season premiere since 2012, "The Walking Dead" is back in the No. 3 position for 2017. Season 8 kicked off with a time-jumping premiere and kept fans hooked with the 2013 "All Out War" story arc from the comic books depicting the battle between multiple factions (Hilltop, Kingdom, Alexandria) and the seemingly unstoppable Saviors, led by fan-favorite, spiked-bat-wielding villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in 13 Reasons Why (2017)

2. "13 Reasons Why" (Netflix)

The last of the freshman series on the list might also be the most surprising. The Selena Gomez-produced Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," based on the 2007 YA novel "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher, follows the story of high-schooler Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) and classmate Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who receives a series of cassette tapes that unravel the mystery of Hannah's fate. The series became the fourth most-tweeted-about show in 2017 with more than 3.5 million tweets in its first week, drew controversy and news coverage about the show's heavy themes, and drove its two main stars to the top of the IMDb STARmeter. A 13-episode second season was announced for 2018.

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones (2011)

1. "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Not even a seven-episode season could keep "Game of Thrones" from earning its sixth consecutive year atop the Iron Throne or, in this case, the no. 1 slot on the Top 10 TV Series of 2017. Season 7 kept millions tuning in each week as fan favorites came together, long-lost histories were revealed, and key players moved into place for the final battle for the Iron Throne and the fate of Westeros. Season 7 broke viewership ratings as the dragon-filled finale "The Dragon and the Wolf" drew a record 16.5 million viewers on the night of broadcast. The episode became the most-watched episode in the series' history. With one more season to go, we won’t be surprised if "Game of Thrones" lands in the top slot again. However, as Season 8 doesn't return until 2019, we might see its reign broken in 2018, albeit temporarily.